The Los Blancos are extremely serious about luring him to Madrid.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival at Juventus was the biggest eye-catching summer transfer move. Ronaldo’s move to Juventus created a massive void in attacking third for the reigning European Champions. Real Madrid were linked with the likes of Harry Kane, Icardi and Kylian Mbappe. However according to Duncan Castles, Real Madrid are serious about luring this PSG player.
Real Madrid are ‘extremely serious’ about signing Neymar at the end of the season. That’s according to journalist Duncan Castles, who says Los Blancos chief Florentino Perez wants to make him ‘the centre point of a new team minus Cristiano Ronaldo.’ Neymar is reportedly looking for a way out of Paris St-Germain. He left Barcelona to join the French champions back in 2017, completing a world-record £200m switch to the Parc Des Princes. And according to Castles, the European champions are keen to get a deal done come the end of the season.
“Madrid, I’m told, are extremely serious about making this happen at the end of the season,” he told The Transfer Window podcast. “They’re prepared to put down the money required in terms of the transfer fee – which will obviously be substantial for a player who cost €222m just to activate the release clause from Barcelona less than two years ago. And wages, he’s on €30m net basic at Paris and I would expect an increase on that.”
He further said, “I’m also told Madrid have been encouraged by Neymar and by his father in that pursuit, not just in the public pronouncements that Neymar kind of slips in from time to time about wanting to play elsewhere in his career and being interested in going back to La Liga, but also in private discussions. So this, I think, is now extremely serious and the decision really will come down to Paris St-Germain. And I think there is scope for Paris to accept that they’ve had their time with Neymar and that time hasn’t been as successful as they’d hoped it be when they signed the player.”
Neymar could become one of few players to represent both sides of El Clasico, with 105 goals under his belt in 186 games for Barca. Castles claims Real have wanted the 27-year-old since his Santos days and had a ‘huge fight’ with their bitter rivals to sign him. He said, “Real Madrid, as you know, have been pursuing Neymar since his time in Brazil. They had a huge fight with Barcelona to try and get him from Santos, failed in that. Had a go at trying to get him out of Barcelona direct to Real Madrid.”
It will be an interesting summer for Madrid. It will cost a lot for Madrid to change their fortunes and to lure Neymar. Neymar wants to return to Spain so a move to Madrid maybe on the cards.